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Beyond the Bale : September 2019
34 ON FARM NATIONAL MERINO CHALLENGE 2019 THE WINNERS Megan Seis from Calrossy Anglican School at Tamworth in NSW was the overall winner of the Secondary School division. Megan is from a mixed sheep-cropping property near Dunedoo in NSW where she established a love for sheep and the wool they produce. “I have since a young age taken an interest in the running of the farm and always been eager to get out mustering or working in the yards with Mum and Dad,” she said. In preparation for the NMC, she was able to spend some quality time with her father, assessing and classing their own sheep for their own breeding objective, as well as with wool broker Don Chad where she learnt a lot about wool after it leaves the farm. “I really enjoyed the whole experience of the National Merino Challenge,” Megan said. “The weekend itself contained some really valuable practical activities to test our knowledge of a variety of aspects involved in producing a high-quality wool product which all married really well together. “Everyone who ran sessions and helped run the event all had a unique and interesting story of how the wool industry has influenced them and how they came to be in the industry which was really interesting to hear about, and really opened my eyes to the multitude of career opportunities that exist within the industry. “One of the reasons I enjoyed the weekend so much was that everyone was really open and helpful with advice, suggestions and encouragement to move into a career in the sheep and wool industry. “I would 100% recommend this as an amazing event to attend for anyone interested in wool or anything about the production of this fibre. It has really confirmed my passion for the industry; it has given me some options for where I would like to head in the future and some contacts to help me get there.” Megan said she is hoping to study a Bachelor of Veterinary Science to become a large animal veterinarian, then eventually specialise in sheep genetics. “I want to assist farmers in ensuring they have access to technologies such as AI and ET to help maximise the production of their breeding flock. I would also like to move back to the family farm and help to continue to improve our own breeding flock in years to come.” MORE INFORMATION www.awinmc.com.au for full results and images. Winner of the Secondary School division Megan Seis, pictured with George Gray (third place) and Jed Murnane (second place). Champion Megan Seis, Calrossy Anglican School Second place George Gray, Launceston Church Grammar School Third place Jed Murnane, Cummins Area School Champion team Flinders Christian Community College (Erin Douglas, Cassie Goding, Caitlin Morgan, Kasey Shields) Top performer in Wool Section Jed Murnane, Cummins Area School Top performer in Production Section Megan Seis, Calrossy Anglican School Top performer in Breeding Section Jed Murnane, Cummins Area School Winner of the Tertiary division Pat Crawley (right), pictured with Matthew McCauley and Mitch Rubie (joint second place). Champion Pat Crawley, Charles Sturt University Second place (joint) Mitch Rubie, Charles Sturt University Second place (joint) Matthew McCauley, University of New England Champion team Charles Sturt University (Pat Crawley, Mitch Rubie, Kayla Kopp, Karissa de Belle) Top performer in Wool Section Matthew McCauley, University of New England Top performer in Production Section Florance McGufficke, University of New England Top performer in Breeding Section Pat Crawley, Charles Sturt University TERTIARY DIVISION AWARDS SECONDARY DIVISION AWARDS "THE NATIONAL MERINO CHALLENGE IS AN AMAZING EVENT TO ATTEND." Megan Seis, Calrossy Anglican School
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